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Ship transporting 12.3 million illegally caught seahorses worth more than $6million is intercepted | Daily Mail Online

A ship containing 12.3 million illegally caught seahorses that was bound for Asia has been seized by Peruvian authorities.

A Coast Guard ship detected the vessel ‘Adonay’ almost 200 miles off the seaside city of Callao on Monday before it was steered back to Perú’s main seafood port.

Officials said that the seahorses were illegally taken from the Pacific Ocean waters and packed into 55 boxes that weighed more than 2,300 pounds.

The small marine fish have a value of more than $6 million and were expected to be sold in the international market.

Authorities in Perú seized over 12.4 million seahorses on a fishing vessel on Monday that were being transported to Asia

Seahorses were hidden in 55 boxes and had a value of $6 million in the international market

Investigators said the seahorses were illegally extracted from the Pacific Ocean waters off the Peruvian coast

Investigators said seahorses are viewed as a prime source of traditional Chinese medicine and are thought to play a large role in curing infertility, baldness, asthma and arthritis.

The Peruvian National Police said it was closely monitoring the prohibited extraction of the seahorses for a couple of days before they closed it on vessel, which was manned by a crew of four people.

A member of the Peruvian National Police  inspects Monday’s shocking discovery of more than 12.3 million seahorses that were found aboard a fishing vessel

Fishing, transportation and commercialization of seahorses has been prohibited by the South American nation since August 2004

Authorities arrested the vessels crew which was made up of three Peruvian men and a Venezuelan male. Their identities were not publicly released

Authorities arrested three Peruvian men and a male Venezuelan national. Their identities were not publicly released.

The suspects face between three to five years in prison, if found guilty. 

Fishing, transportation and commercialization of seahorses has been prohibited in Peru since August 2004.

Seahorses that showed signs of dehydration and dryness were expected to be donated to local universities and research groups.

The fishing boat was intercepted about 200 miles off Perú on Monday following several days of investigation

Seahorses are viewed as a primary source of Chinese traditional medicine 

The confiscated seahorses that showed signs of dehydration and dryness will be donated to local universities and research groups 

Ship transporting 12.3 million illegally caught seahorses worth more than $6million is intercepted

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